WHEN four-year-old gelding Musselroe Bay arrived at Heath Szczypka’s stables at Underwood in the north of Tasmania he had a couple of issues that needed to be ironed out before he could get back to the races.
The Phil Hay-owned gelding showed promise as a young horse but gradually his form waned and that led to him being dispatched to Szczypka who has earned a reputation for being able to resurrect the form of horses that have lost their way.
At Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Monday night Musselroe Bay (Metropolitan-Battling Babe) came from last a lap out to score a game win in a C0 over 2090 metres.
Rowdys Knight sat outside of the leader and when he gained the upper hand close to home he looked to have the race in his keeping until MusselroeBay arrived on the scene.
Szczypka’s horse went on to defeat Rowdys Knight by 1-1/2 metres with Romantic Moment just under a length away third.
MusselroeBay was driven superbly by Todd Rattray who had to snag the gelding back to last from his outside front row draw.
Rattray got his charge into the three-wide train at the winning post the last time but he was still worse than midfield and four-wide turning for home.
But the gelding dug deep over the concluding stages and was too strong for his rivals on the line.
Listen to what trainer Heath Szczypka had to say about Musselroe Bay’s latest win – CLICK HERE.